Frontiers Engineering Coalition

Drake State Community & Technical College launched a collaborative project with NASA to create career pathways for traditionally underrepresented students in STEM. This project is called the Frontiers Engineering Coalition, which is funded by a multi-year grant from NASA’s Minority University Research and Education Project (MUREP). MUREP provides financial assistance via competitive awards to minority-serving institutions to increase the number of racial and ethnic minorities and women in science and engineering fields. The Frontiers Engineering Coalition offer free educational and/or professional development opportunities for middle and high school students, college students, and educators. 

Middle & High School Students

College Students



This is an educational opportunity for underrepresented populations in STEM careers. The bootcamps are designed to introduce students to career-technical fields and inspire students to pursue engineering careers in the future. Racially or ethnically underrepresented students (Hispanics and Latinos, African Americans, American Indians, Alaska Native, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders) and female students are eligible to apply. Each bootcamp is a one-day event from 9 AM - 4 PM with lunch included. Students will learn from certified instructors.

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Students will learn the fundamentals of unmanned flight, safety basics, overview of FAA rules for drone operation, and hands-on exercises in basic drone operation. The bootcamp will be taught by an experienced FAA-certified drone instructor.

Engineering Design
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Ages 13+
Learn the basics of Computer Aided Design (CAD) software and use the latest 3D printing technology and equipment to create three-dimensional design projects like a rubber band car. 

Machine Tool 
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Ages 15+
Get exposed to the latest technology and equipment including saws, grinders, and computerized measuring machines. You'll learn what it takes to read blueprints and use machinery to shape metal with precision of less than a thousandth of an inch.

Regular Welding
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Ages 15+
Love creating real-world projects? Learn the basics of metal fabricating and welding while using Gas Metal Arc Welding technologies. Each student will begin with the safety and set up of equipment. Then, get hands on in the lab.

Systems Engineering
Date: June 25, 8:30 am - 4:30 pm 
Systems Engineering is the discipline for creating complex systems such as rockets, airplanes, bridges, skyscrapers, and vehicles of all types. This class features hands-on simulations of rockets and spacecraft to demonstrate STEAM principles in a fun and stimulating day-long adventure. The class is open to rising high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors.

Moon Rises Over Alabama

When: May 26 - August 2

Led by John Mankins, Vice President of the Moon Village Association and Drake State Engineering Design faculty, this 10-week program will immerse students in some of the most exciting aspects of current space exploration. Students will:

  • Learn rationale for Moon exploration
  • Review history of Moon exploration
  • Learn about the Global Exploration Road Map
  • Learn about lunar settlement including emerging techniques for space construction
  • Complete team and individual projects including a 3D printed replication of moon topography
  • Hear guest lectures by NASA lunar program experts

High school students - This program is FREE for students in Drake State’s Dual Enrollment program. For information and to register contact the Dual Enrollment program at or (256) 551-7271.

Non-high school students - For registration information, contact the Workforce Development program at or (256) 551-3227.

MUREP Summer Bridge Camp

Application deadline: May 13, 2022
When: June 6 - 16, Monday-Thursday
Time: 8:30 AM - 12:30 PM with lunch provided daily

Students will learn about engineering and science careers, receive STEM instruction and tutoring, and get acquainted with lab safety protocols. This opportunity is available to rising sophomorres, juniors, and seniors. Participating students will receive a $250 stipend.

Engineering Internships

Concrete Industry Management

When: May 30 - August 5
Stipend: $730/week
Housing: Students will be paired together in campus apartments at Middle Tennessee State University for $439 per student per month.  
Food: Students are responsible for their own food expenses. Some food service providers will be open on campus over the summer.
Qualifications: Must have completed a minimum of 24 credit hours of classwork with a 2.75 - 3.0 GPA.  Completion of College level Math class with a C or better.

Work approximately 32 hours per week with Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU) faculty and industry partners to develop skills and knowledge required for successful careers in the concrete industry.  Specific tasks include participation in the following areas

  • Concrete mix design and concrete batching,
  • Concrete quality assurance and quality control planning,
  • Concrete placement & finishing techniques,
  • Field participation in several concrete pours on the MTSU campus
  • Plant observations at local concrete producers and precast manufacturers
  • Laboratory testing of concrete in accordance with ASTM standards
  • Engage in concrete materials research & development activities
  • Present research findings & internship report at the end of the program.

If interested, submit the following materials to Kelly Strong at

  • Statement of interest, including career goals
  • Resume
  • Unofficial transcript

JEDI-C Job Shadowing Program

Who: High School (rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors)
Where: NASA Marshall Space Flight Center
When: Monday, June 6 – Thursday, June 9
Time: 1 pm - 4:30 pm

The Jacobs ESSCA Discover your Course (JEDI-C) job shadowing program is a 4-day summer intensive where students will work alongside Jacobs Space Exploration Group (JSEG) employees who are supporting NASA Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC) under the Engineering Services & Science Capability Augmentation (ESSCA) contract. Students will gain valuable mentorship and exposure to different career paths in this out-of-this-world program.

The REU Project

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  • $500/week stipend
  • On-campus housing, if needed
  • Up to $400 travel expense reimbursement 
  • Explore and study in Baton Rouge, Louisiana


  • U.S. citizen/permanent resident
  • Enrolled in an undergraduate STEM program at two or four-year institution
  • Cumulative GPA of at least 2.75
  • Desire to pursue a career in research and/or graduate school in your major

The REU (Research Experiences for Undergradutates) Project is a ten-week summer program at Southern University and A&M College for advanced composite materials research. Students may be involved in laboratory work as needed. For questions about this program, please email Coordinator of Apprenticeships and Career Placement Davian Talley at

Research & Design Projects

Details coming soon.

Professional Development 

MUREP/NASA Summer Teacher Training

When: June 13 - 17
Where: Drake State, 3421 Meridian St.
Time: 8:30 am - 2 pm


  • $500 stipend
  • Meets professional development CEU requirements

Enjoy a fun immersion into a NASA inspired curriculum for high school and middle school science teachers. For questions please contact Student Success Specialist Tiffany Green at